author Michael Tougias

Michael J. Tougias is a New York Times bestselling author and co-author of 30 books for adults and 7 for children and young adults.


Among his bestsellers are The Finest Hours (Disney Motion Pictures' version opened in 45 countries in January 2016), Fatal Forecast, Overboard, King Philip's War, and There's A Porcupine In My Outhouse: The Vermont Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe.




Tougias lectures across the country on each of his book topics. He also offers leadership/inspirational programs for business groups, and has spoken to companies and organizations such as General Dynamics, Raytheon, Massachusetts School Library Association, New York University Surgeons Round Table and many more.

book The Finest Hours

"This is the seascape of The Perfect Storm, and the authors do justice to the peril in a tight account of the action... An excellent entry in the disaster-at-sea genre.” -- Booklist


“A blockbuster account of tragedy at sea.” -- The Providence Journal

In a 1952 nor’easter, the distress of two ships off Cape Cod initiated a dramatic Coast Guard operation recounted here. Both vessels were WWII surplus, cheaply built, unwisely kept in service, and broken in two by the storm. All four halves floated and the narrative tracks four separate search-and-rescue efforts.

The most prominent  rescue, in the press at the time and in official honors conferred afterward, concerned one motorized lifeboat, a scant 36 feet long and operated by four men, dispatched to do battle with the maelstrom’s towering waves.


This is how real heroes are made.

The 36500 coming back into Chatham, a tiny rescue craft for the number of people stranded on the stern of the Pendleton.

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“The Waters Between Us is a song of praise to the outdoors, an apology for boyhood misunderstandings, and a loving appreciation for a father's whose grace, joy and kindness remained steadfast in the face of tragedy.” — Sy Montgomery, National Book Award Finalist and NY Times Bestselling Author

Boyhood in the 1960s and ‘70s was a time for exploration and mischief. Author Michael Tougias found more than his share of misadventures in the woods and on the water: some life-threatening but others innocently hilarious.


Over time – and after reading a multitude of adventure books -- these experiences took shape in his quest to be a mountain man, owning a cabin in the forest and living off the land. Part of that dream would come true, but only after a family tragedy that shook his world and forced changes in his life.


This is also a story of a complex and strained relationship between father and son, the efforts at understanding, and ultimately respect and devotion.

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